Bayelsa: SING Foundation Condemns Destruction Of Lives,property By Nigerian Army, Calls For Investigation
The SING Foundation has called on the federal government to investigate
the destruction of lives and property of innocent citizens in Azagbane community, Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa state at the early hours of Tuesday by the Nigerian Army .
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja signed by the foundations’s ,Executive Director ,Idris Usman that the federal government should investigate the incident and ensure that all perpetrators of that injustice are brought to book.
“We notes with utter dismay and sadness the absolute disregard for the sanctity of life by the Nigerian Army following the destruction of lives and property of innocent citizens in Azagbane community, Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa state at the early hours of Tuesday.”
“As a grass root civil society organization working in the Niger Delta region, we received the report of the invasion of Azagbena by officers and men of the Nigerian army from our staff on ground.”
The reports alleged that in retaliation of an attack on its officers, the Nigerian army razed down the remote community.
The SING Foundation condemns this abominable act in totality and wish to restate that every citizen of Nigeria has an indisputable right to live in peace and security.
We recall that in late 1999, under the administration of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, similar mayhem was unleashed on Odi community where life was snuffed out of every living thing.
Till date there has not been any redress for that dastardly act and the country still suffers the negative image that singular action created.
While we condemn the actions of the Nigerian army, we condole with the people of Bayelsa State over this tragic event and restate our commitment to the campaign against youth restiveness in the region and violence in the region
The federal government must also immediately begin a process of redressing this inhumane act to assure the community of government’s protection always
We appeal to relevant agencies, human rights activists and civil society groups to rise to this challenge and stand by the Bayelsa people.